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Top Tickets: August 15-21

This week’s events in the East Bay include live music, a performance from an all-senior group, and a touring parody of a Tolkien literary classic.


Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums ft. Alice Merton

8/15 Rock favorites Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums of “HandClap” fame stop at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley as they close their summer tour. They bring with them Alice Merton, who is known for her smash hit “No Roots.” thegreekberkeley.com.


Benvenue / Cornerstone Berkeley



8/16 Bay Area-founded alternative rock group Benvenue takes the stage at Cornerstone Berkeley, with Lael, the Quiet Men, and Luna Luna on deck to open the evening. Three of Benvenue’s members are alumni of UC Berkeley and former members of its football team. cornerstoneberkeley.com/music-venue.



Lord of the Ring in a Suitcase

8/17-8/25 Idiot String’s Peripatetic Players are touring Bay Area parks this summer with a parody of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy story. The fellowship’s journey to Mordor will stop for performances at Lincoln and Franklin parks in Alameda, Dimond Park and Studio One Arts Center in Oakland, and Port Costa School in Port Costa, after kicking off in Santa Clara. peripateticplayers.org.


Food and Drink

Taste of First Street

8/20 At this event, visitors can sample bites from more than 15 of the premier restaurants on Benicia’s First Street, with two glasses of wine and a commemorative souvenir glass included with admission. beniciamainstreet.org.


Golden Follies: Trip the Light Fantastic!


Golden Follies: Trip the Light Fantastic!

8/17–8/18 A senior citizen performance troupe stages a musical revue at Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. The show spans 1940s tunes, contemporary classics, and Broadway hits—all accompanied by dazzling choreography. firehousearts.org.


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